Wanderland 2013: A musical high

Wanderland 2013 was a crazy celebration of youth, energy, and music

WANDERLAND 2013. Rappler brings the highlights of the first Wanderland music festival. All Photos by Pia Ranada

MANILA, Philippines – The Wanderland 2013 music festival, held Saturday, May 18, at the Circuit in Makati, gathered the freshest local and foreign bands for 12 hours of musical bliss.

The festival started strong with Taken by Cars, a local band already making waves in the international scene with their brand of electronic new wave music.

KICKSTART. Taken by Cars vocalist Sarah Marco jumpstarts Wanderland 2013

The audience flocked to the stage as vocalist Sarah Marco let loose with her sultry take on “This is Our City.”

HIT WITH THE GIRLS. She's Only Sixteen is welcomed onstage by shrieking female fans

It was band after band and great music, from Pulso’s staggering instrumentals, to She’s Only Sixteen’s pulsating rock and wonderfully shredded vocals, to Yolanda Moon’s jazz accompaniment to vocalist Cholo Hermosa.

PULSATING. Pulso gets the beat going with mesmerizing instrumentals

The laid-back atmosphere was soon pumped up by Australian pop-rock duo Colour Coding, the fresh-faced pair taking the stage–and the women–with their boyish charm and peppy tunes.

New Zealand folk music group Avalanche City brought in a mix of soothing violin sounds, guitar acoustics, country-esque rhythms, and cheery glockenspiel notes. “Love, Love, Love” had the crowd happily tapping their feet and swaying to the music.

AVALANCHE-MAKER. Dave Baxter of Avalanche City plays his unique blend of country, folk and pop

The daylight roller coaster was only the beginning. Tully on Tully’s lead vocalist Natalie Foster welcomed the night as she leaped up on stage in a bright orange dress, her long blonde hair catching the bright lights. Powerful vocals and striking instrumentals had the crowd catching their collective breath as the anthem “Hard to Breathe” rolled out.

Among the roster of the night’s foreign acts was the country’s very own Up Dharma Down. Vocalist Armi Millare had excited fans back on their feet after long hours on their feet wih the crowd favorite  “Tadhana.”

STANDING ROOM. Up Dharma Down had the audience up and about. Photo by Ira Agting

American alternative band Nada Surf took the stage. Vocalist Matther Caws said the Wanderland show was their first after a break from performance. Caws engaged the crowd, most of whom bobbed their heads to some of the bands greatest hits, cheering at the finale, “Always Love.” 

PUMPED UP. Neon Trees opened strong with their hit "1983"

Neon Trees was nothing short of striking with their microphones lit in neon and lead vocalist Glenn Tyler’s bright orange ensemble.

Their energy was kinetic. The crowd mirrored Tyler’s antics onstage, to the sound of high-octane guitar riffs. Drummer Elaine Bradley took to the microphone, singing to a cheering crowd. 

The band kicked off with hits “1983,” and “Your Surrender,” and had the audience shrieking with the band’s breakout hit, “Animal.” Tyler dove off the stage, and ended with a message. 

“My final word to you is very simple,” said Tyler. “Never ever, ever, ever, ever let any a**h*** tell you that you’re not good enough.”

LAST ACT. The wait was well worth it when The Temper Trap walked onto the stage

After what was almost 12 hours since the gates opened, the festival was down to its finale. Australian indie rock band Temper Trap had lead vocalist Dougy Mandagi soaring into a falsetto in the band’s emotional ballad “Soldier On.”

The festival ended on a bittersweet note as the audience’s voices rose in an emotional chorus. 

The band closed the day with a shower of confetti and the last song for the night, “Sweet Disposition. – Rappler

NEW HEIGHTS. The Temper Trap's Dougy Mandagi brought the crowd to new heights with his gorgeous falsetto voice

See more Wanderland photos here: IN PHOTOS: Wanderland 2013

– With reports from Pia Ranada/Rappler.com

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